Environmental and Decolonial Alternatives for Engaged and Dialogical Academic Work: Recollect / Reconnect for Carbonless Futures

We have secured additional funding (60.0000 Euro) from KONE Foundation under their special funding call ‘Environmentally responsible encounters’. This is to extend on our commitment to low carbon research activities with a carbon low conference at the end of our project in 2021. With this extra funding we extend the planned conference in Tampere, Finland with 4 other satellite conference locations. We will post more about the conference in 2020. See the initial plan:

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Iveta and Nelli talking on FreshEd podcast

FreshEd is a weekly podcast that makes complex ideas in educational research easily understood. Iveta and Nelli discussed there our book – Childhood and Schooling in (Post)Socialist Societies – and the research that we are now undertaking, continuing the book. They explored questions like “What was it like growing up and attending school in the Soviet Union and other socialist societies? Did the lived experiences of children match the official rhetoric of the state or the Western bloc? What agency did children have?”

Have a listen here!

Book review

Childhood and Schooling in (Post)Socialist Societies: Memories of Everyday Life ed. by Iveta Silova, Nelli Piattoeva, and Zsuzsa Millei (review)

Julie deGraffenried

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/hcy.2019.0034

Were schoolchildren in socialist lands icons of the future or victims of the state? Models of modernity or manipulated conformists? Empowered or oppressed? The answer is yes .  .  . and no. Childhood and Schooling in (Post) Socialist Societies: Memories of Everyday Life is a unique, interdisciplinary collection of essays aimed at complicating a number of “master narratives” about modern childhood and (post)socialism derived from official state and Cold War discourses by examining the lived experiences of children (4). To do so, the editors of Childhood and Schooling asked contributors to plumb their own memories of school-age childhood in socialist contexts, the result of which is a “living kaleidoscope of memories” replete with “ambiguities and complexities” that challenge a static view of socialist childhood (2, 4, 9).

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New Project Funding!

New Project Funding from KONE Foundation

Re-Collect / Re-Connect: Crossing the Divides through Memories of Cold War Childhoods

Project Leader: Associate professor Zsuzsa Millei, University of Tampere

Academic collaborators: Professor Silova Iveta, Associate Professor Piattoeva Nelli, Professor Hörschelmann Kathrin, Professor Dussel Inés, Professor Tlostanova Madina, Professor Burman Erica, Associate Professor Gannon Susanne

Lenin Museum, Tampere: Jaskari, Ulla; Heinimaa, Mia; Rohunen, Ulla

Dollardaddy Theatre Group, Hungary: Ördög Tamás, Biro Bence, Kiss-Végh Emőke

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